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The eastern box tortoise is a subspecies of a common box tortoise, growing about 5 to 7 inches in length and native to the eastern United States. The box tortoise gets its name from its ability to completely enclose itself into its shell, with a hinged section closing in front to protect its vulnerable head. It is typically black or brown with streaks of red, yellow or orange. The best place to find eastern box tortoises is in moist, forested areas, usually deciduous forests or mixed forests. These tortoise typically live between 40 to 60 years old, but some have exceeded 100.
Up to 18cm
Life Span in Wild:
Savannah, grasslands and forests
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ME
What Do I Eat?
Fruit, leaves, fungi, birds, fish, insects and carrion
Where Do I Live?
Eastern parts of North America, from Canada to Mexico